Melbourne IQ showcased in Washington DC

Left to right: Australian Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek, MCEC CEO Peter King, MCVB CEO Karen Bolinger, Victorian Minister for Health David Davis and Australian Ambassador to the United States of America Kim Beazley at the launch of Melbourne IQ

Victorian Minister for Health David Davis, in conjunction with the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), recently launched Melbourne IQ at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.

Melbourne IQ is a campaign designed to reach out to international associations, highlighting Melbourne’s expertise in a diverse range of fields such as medicine, science, technology, engineering, finance, research and development, confirming its status as Australia’s intellectual capital and the intelligent choice for holding international conferences.

The launch event coincided with the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) currently being held in Washington, DC, the next Conference of which will be hosted in Melbourne in 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will be the largest medical conference ever held in Australia.

Davis said the launch event was a welcome opportunity to showcase the scope of Melbourne’s outstanding intellectual capabilities on an international stage.

“Melbourne is home to 263 biotechnology companies, 13 major medical research institutes and seven teaching hospitals, with a robust biotechnology sector that attracts eminent researchers from around the world and it’s fantastic to be able to highlight this here in Washington, DC,” Davis said.

“In addition, the opportunity to preview AIDS 2014 in the height of AIDS 2012, one of the most significant and esteemed conferences in the world, further strengthens Melbourne’s reputation as a leader in knowledge and innovation,” concluded Davis.

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